Carl E. Zwisler

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Carl Zwisler focuses his practice on advising franchisors, manufacturers, and investors in structuring, negotiating, and enforcing domestic and international franchise, licensing, distribution, and acquisition agreements. He has assisted executives and general counsel in more than 85 industries or industry segments with creative solutions for developing and implementing business expansion strategies. With more than 35 years' experience, Carl has worked with clients in every phase of domestic and international franchising, licensing, and distribution programs, frequently advising companies entering the U.S. market and U.S. companies expanding abroad.

Carl also represents specialty pharmacies and other health care providers on issues relating to health care plan provider agreements.


  • Representation of companies expanding through master franchising, area development franchising, international franchising, management contracts, joint venture agreements, licensing agreements and product distribution arrangements throughout the world
  • Representation of foreign companies entering U.S. markets as franchisors
  • Representation of companies in the acquisition and merger of franchising companies
  • Advising start up and mature franchisors in structuring and refinancing franchise programs
  • Negotiation of international agreements for franchisors, master franchises, area developers, manufacturers, and distributors
  • Advice regarding avoidance of franchisor joint employer/vicarious liability claims
  • Advice regarding SBA franchise lending criteria
  • Representation of health care providers confronting termination of provider agreements
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